Sexist thermostats: Science proves why women freeze at work

You may have noticed this phenomenon at your office – women bundled up in Snuggies, slippers and jackets, while men are asking, "Is it hot in here?"

A new study found most office thermostats are set using a formula from the 1960s - designed to keep men comfortable. That formula may overestimate the metabolic rate of women by 35 percent.


Researchers are now urging an end to the "gender-discriminating bias in thermal comfort."

Setting temperatures at slightly warmer levels can help combat global warming, researchers stated.

About 30 percent of carbon dioxide emissions come from business and residential energy consumption, the study found.

The study was published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

 

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